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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad Edge E530
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2350M processor (dual-core, 2.30GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i7-3612QM Processor (quad-core, 2.10GHz to 3.10GHz, 6MB Cache)
Screen15.6“ choice of 1366×768, 1600×900 or 1920×1080 (Full HD) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB (up to 16GB with after-market modules)
HDDUp to 750GB (up to 1TB with after-market HDD)
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Nvidia optimus (GeForce GT630M)
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n, 1×1 -or- Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
Ericsson H5321 WWAN (included with 1600×900 and 1920×1080 screen choices, optional with 1366×768 models)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks Nvidia optimus works fine with bumblebee 3.0.
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutWorks
SoundWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone Jack (Headphone / Mic Combo)Works
Microphone Jack (Headphone / Mic Combo)Works
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorksThe model tested had the ThinkPad 802.11a/b/g/n chip which is Broadcom (BCM43228) based. On Debian based systems this requires the broadcom-sta-dkms package. The compat-wireless (now backports) drivers from the 2014/08/08 and later releases now have an updated b43 driver that also supports this card. Linux kernels 3.17 and later should also have this updated b43 driver. Both the b43 and broadcom-sta (wl) drivers require firmware to be installed, however the b43 driver already seems to be the more stable of the two, use that one if you can. Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives handle loading the firmware for this card automatically but may freeze-up on install (it seems they use the ndiswrapper module to load the Windows driver instead which is highly discouraged). Wireless cards cannot be easily changed as Lenovo has seen fit to add a whitelist of devices to the BIOS and refuses to boot if a card is detected that is not on this whitelist. There is a petition to Lenovo to release an unencumbered BIOS here https://www.change.org/petitions/lenovo-release-an-unencumbered-version-of-the-bios Updating the BIOS with a hacked version (see Google) to remove this restriction allowed a machine to boot with an Intel card bought from eBay for $12USD. A BIOS < 2.x is required for this to work otherwise a Lenovo / IBM branded card is required (search Google for “04w3765” which is the Lenovo part code for the Intel Centrino 2230 with bluetooth)
BluetoothWorksWith the BCM43228 and Centrino chipsets
WWANWorkswith inserted SIM card - includes GPS/AGPS functions which can be provided by mbm-gpsd here http://sourceforge.net/projects/mbm/ when used with the patches here http://sourceforge.net/projects/mbmgpsdng/
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks RTS5229 chip may require downloading and installing a third party kernel driver on older distros
Fingerprint Reader (where applicable) WorksTested with fingerprint-gui and policykit-1-fingerprint-gui package of ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
WebcamWorks
Touch PadWorks
Track PointWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks
Hibernate/ResumeDepends Works on Fedora 19. Not on Ubuntu 12.04. Works on Debian (with swap partition defined)

Notes

This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13 and Debian 7.0 (Wheezy). Installation froze on machines with the Broadcom (ThinkPad) WiFi chip but with the Intel Centrino was straight forward with no issues to report. The 1.18 BIOS update from Lenovo fixes the fan problem. BIOS hacks are also available which remove the whitelist and allow installation of alternative wifi cards but these can only be applied if your orginal BIOS is version 1.18 or earlier. Later versions (version 2.0x +) of the BIOS use some version of Pheonix SecureRom and CANNOT be changed or downgraded. This severely limits which WiFi cards can be used. If you have a model with an older BIOS avoid the 2.0x update as this is irreversible and does not allow BIOS hacks to allow alternative WiFi cards past the whitelist. There is a petition to remove the whitelist here https://www.change.org/petitions/lenovo-release-an-unencumbered-version-of-the-bios

BUYER BEWARE: The Broadcom chip (also branded as the Lenovo a/g/n) mostly works with the broadcom-sta driver at the time of writing the but this driver is not updated very frequently. It does not work with the latest vanilla Kernels without a patch and is unlikely to ever properly support Linux. However, the compat-wireless (now backports) drivers from the 2014/08/08 and later releases now have an updated b43 driver that supports this card. Linux kernels 3.17 and later should also have this updated b43 driver. Both options require the b43-fwcutter package to cut the firmware out of the older (5.100.128 or earlier) proprietary drivers. The b43 option has proven to work flawlessly so far, although with limited support for 5GHz mode (if you can't see your 5GHz AP try changing the channel it broadcasts on).

If you have the Broadcom card and have a BIOS version later than 1.18 (or do not wish to mess with your BIOS) and you wish to upgrade to the better supported Intel card without paying the extortionate Lenovo price of $120 USD (all Lenovo / IBM have done is to change 2 bytes of data in the cards EEPROM) then a search on Google for the FRU “04w3765” will bring up a range of much cheaper options (~25 USD) for an officially branded IBM / Lenovo compatible Intel Centrino 2230. Be wary though, the author has only found one that works, many of those advertised on eBay that have the same FRU don't actually work with this laptop even though the FRU is on the E430 / E530 misc list so should be fully compatible and be fully authorised by the BIOS' whitelist. Caveat Emptor.

Summary

Some models of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 work fine with Linux, others require some tinkering to get working correctly. The model with the Intel Centrino Wifi chipset works flawlessly but the Broadcom chipset can cause multiple issues, especially with older distros. The b43 module in the backports drivers 2014/08/08 and later (and Linux kernels 3.17 and later) should provide much better support for this chip in future. If you are not prepared to build either the backports drivers or a custom kernel or wait until kernel 3.17 or later is default in your distro of choice and you can live without 5GHz WiFi then choose the Intel Centrino card. Replacing Wifi modules will require either a BIOS hack or an extortionately priced 'Lenovo' branded card, most of those same cards sold on eBay by Chinese retailers claiming Lenovo FRU numbers will not work. BIOS hacks are only possible with older models (pre 2.0x BIOS). Do not upgrade the BIOS to any version later than 1.18 unless you absolutely need Windows 8 style restrictive boot.


Discussion

akbar, 2013/03/10 04:47

e530 cpu 3210m 8g RAM my bluetooth dosen't work in backtrack and my chipset wless wifi is unknown

alireza, 2013/03/05 17:29

hi i'm ali from IR. i have edge 530. core i5,intel 3210m,8GB ram,750HDD, …..
My OS»back track 5r3(works good) and win7
but not support win xp:(

my love:D > back|track
this model is goooooood

Gonzalo, 2013/03/03 03:57

buenas noches yo e adquirido una laptop Lenovo ThinkPad E530 la cual me indica en el catalogo que tiene bluetooth pero no encuentro el software para encenderlo o tengo que descargar un software si alguien me puede ayudar con este problema se lo agradecería un montón por favor =)

ammaro, 2013/01/24 22:00

I have Ubuntu 12.04.1 64bit and win8 enterprice dual boot installed on ThinkPad E530 with the Intel Core-i5-2450M,I have updated The Bios version to 2.something. Im not hearing fan noise and also using Broadcom card without any issues

kim wally, 2013/01/23 20:32

Kim wrote
I have installed PcLinuxOs 2012.12 on my new Levono E530 Edge. At first the graphics went pear shaped then I managed to navigate to the system configuration/graphics, selected vendor and intel, the 810 or later driver.
It works but there are issues -mainly colour.
The driver must be close but not spot on.
When I used a live mint cd -the driver it used was Ivybridge mobile x86/mmx/sse2 which seems good but not available in the list under vendors/intel

Any ideas would be appreciated
thanks

kimwally, 2013/03/22 20:31

I have used PcLinuxOs since 2007 and have not found another Distro to match it. The latest version does work on this machine but there are quite a few issues, it locks up -especially when on the net, only a restart -hard boot, will allow me access to the machine again, the ssd card reader doesn't work, graphics are not good, don't know how to install Bumblebee and don't know if that would help -I'm very disappointed.
Mint 14 works but the install is too controlled -compared to PLoss, and didn't give me the configuration I need with shared Home etc.

dbuser, 2013/01/21 00:47

I had no problems with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I have integrated graphics and the non-Broadcomm wireless (Intel Centrino).

Charlie, 2013/01/17 21:05

I used this article to help choose and then spec my new laptop. Installed on Mint 14 Cinnamon and ran absolutely fine OOTB :)
No fan issues on my laptop.

biterror, 2013/01/16 20:42

Hi,

I installed xubuntu 12.10 on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530, model 3259MAG and so far, everything's working just fine. This model has the Intel WIFI module, so no problems there. Fingerprint sensor works, too. I installed xubuntu on the SSD disk (16 GB in this case) and put /home and swap on the regular disk. The machine is fast and even large applications like libre office start almost instantly.

peter e., 2012/12/24 14:12

Hello,

I use Linux Mint 13 (Mate) on the Lenovo ThinkPad E530 with the Intel Core-i5-3210M.

When I turn on the NB after it was turned off for 24 hours and completely disconnected from everything shows the battery level a loss of over 12 percent. If the NB is turn on and turn off without an operating system after 24 hours turned off no loss of battery charge is determined. Know someone this effect? All the suspect BIOS settings I disabled.

A BIOS update to version 2.07 would bring the information to the manufacturer's website nothing.

Thanks for your help!

Peter

Martin, 2012/09/21 06:55

Hello,

I'm able to install Kubuntu 12.04 linux on SSD drive, but the device cannot boot then. I used the following configuration:

/ ssd 14GB
swap ssd 2GB
/home hdd 500GB

This laptop is causing me nightmares, I don't know how to solve this problem. I did try to move the bootloader to both drivers but no succcess. I think the laptop is having problem to have system on SSD.

Can anybody help? Thanks Martin

Rene Glaser, 2012/10/04 15:19

I'm using a comparable configuration. My system drive is a 64GB SSD. I use the following configuration:

SSD
/efi 150MB
/boot 150MB
swap 8GB
/ 15GB
/home 30GB

I use the 500GB HDD for large files, like videos and pictures.
Does the system show any errors?

Floyd, 2012/09/13 08:43

Hey, I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 here. Touchpad works for me OOTB, with one and two fingers.

Pretty everyhing is running OOTB for me. Only for gnome-shell (Gnome3) I had to install Bumblebee, to adress the Optimus graphics card, but this is also running.

Only problem: I also have the issue with the fan :(

Rene Glaser, 2012/06/22 20:34

Hello,
I use Ubuntu 12.04 on the Lenovo ThinkPad E530 with the Intel Core-i5-2450M. Someone figured out, how to get the fan control working? My fan just starts running at circa 50°C and doesn't stop until I shut the PC down or suspend it. Another thing is the Multitouch Touchpad. Only two finger scrolling works for me, but not for more finger. Anyone have an idea?
Rene

kristie, 2012/10/17 16:34

Is the fan noise loud? Is it pulsing/whiny?

Peter, 2012/12/12 08:38

… it depends. It's not exactly loud, but once you started listening for it, it becomes pretty obvious and can be annoying. Got mine E530 yesterday and am still not sure if I am going to return it.

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